The Year's Best Science Fiction: 10th Annual Collection

The 11th annual choice of the main unique technology fiction writing of the prior yr contains tales by means of major writers, resembling Robert Silverberg, Nancy Cress, and Terry Bisson, and lines a precis of the yr in technology fiction.

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